Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Collage continues.............

Two more pieces of the jigsaw are in progress - getting near completion. The pieces have been built up with pieces of old lace, old silk braids, some stamped velvet, an old insert from a vintage garment from Rajasthan on a bed of old maroon chenile.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Indian Flavour a Work in Progress

A collage of velvets, brocades, lace, braids and trimmings on a bed of some very soft furnishing fabric in crazy quilted style machine and hand sewn. The first piece yet to be completed!
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Autumn Colours and Shades

All of the bright yellows of summer and now slowly turning into rich golden hues with shades of deep reds on the Ornamental Vine with the oranges, browns, golds, and purples of the cottage plants. All an inspiration for my next work!
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Japanese Vase

A little framed picture I made from a selection of old kimino fabric, cottons, satins and dyed fabrics.
It shows how little fabric is needed to create a picture - just some of your favourite scraps!
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The technique here is just crazy patchwork using a button hole stitch by machine.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Etsy Shop Treasury

I guess this is something worth blogging about!
I have just been informed that I have been featured in a Treasury on the Etsy site.
It is a colour feast of some beautiful felted objects including a felted and fabric bag I have made. The link is
You might like to check it out!

Handmade Lace

Handmade Lace from Lyn - with much appreciation!

Beautiful Handmade Lace

I thought I would share with you this gift I have been given of some very old handmade lace fingerless gloves from my dear friend, Lyn, who is moving home, along with some very old handmade lace. One of the pairs of gloves have never been worn. They would belong to a time around the turn of the centaury and would be a rare find today They belonged to her grandmother. They are beautiful.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

East meets Victorian

Here I have used some of the beautiful silk and velvet fabric which I dyed with my friend Jo when she was visiting from New Zealand in Summer. We gathered up some magenta rose coloured petals and geranium flowers in similar colours, wrapped them up in the fabric and dyed them for a few hours.
The really clear results of this can be seen in an earlier post. The effect is soft and subtle.
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Back to the quilt

Even though I have deviated off onto another tangent or two as you can see from previous post, I am back on the job again working on the quilt. By now I have completed most of the free machine quilting and I am now enjoying this slow stitching, over the top in some cases.
The binding is also completed.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Journal/PhotoAlbum Cover

Photo Album/Journal Cover is made from some scraps of velvet, bali batik, upcycled dyed cotton lace, Angelina fibres, gold threads and embellised with an appliqued piece of green Chantilly Lace. Put together in a crazy patchwork method.
No gorgeous bits of fabric are wasted here!
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

For our dear friend, Claire, only 27 years old
just given the diagnosis of breast cancer,
just married to her dearest friend, Ian,
just pregnant.
The riddle of life is just beyond our understanding!
As a little way of uplifting her I made this card
yesterday to accompany a "cuddle quilt" I made
for all the times she feels it is needed.
We just wish for her the best over and over again.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Colour Purple

Here I am today creating with the colour purple ...again!
Some say purple is the colour of Kings, others say it is the
colour of confusion but for me it feels like the colour of
It is the colour that happens when the energy cools and
things become clear.
For me it is the colour of CALMNESS.
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Garden View

An afternoon view from my studio window in the late afternoon of Autumn looking up the paddock.
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The quilt is progressing well!
I spent last evening using the
slow cloth method to quilt the
large middle section of the quilt
and I am now using free-machine
quilting to quilt the outer part.
I am hoping the end result will
be complementary.
I have yet to name it!
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Saturday, April 3, 2010


I made this quilt top about 18months ago
and I thought it was time I should get it
out and start the job of backing, pinning
and quilting. The colours are inspiring me
onward! Next time you see it hopefully it
will be finished!
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Friday, April 2, 2010

Pot of Gold Art Quilt

This is another view of the Pot of Gold Art Quilt
The whole quilt measures 17.5" x 20".
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Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

Today I managed to finish the quilting on this small piece of fibre artwork.
It is a composition based on crazy quilting and incorporating dyed silk, multicoloured wooltops, gold braid as well as antique Indian braid and defined with a gold thread.
The wool was felted onto the silk by a felting machine and then overquilted with an ornamental stitch by machine.
It is yet to be completed with tabs for hanging.

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